Sponsored by the Alaska Fire Science Consortium
Presented by Courtney Schultz and Paul Duffy
In 2016, the JFSP funded an Alaska proposal “Impacts of Climate and Management Options on Wildland Fire Fighting in Alaska: Implications for Operational Costs and Complexity under Future Scenarios." As a first stage in this work, investigators are designing an interactive scenario-building web tool for managers that will be unveiled at an upcoming Webinar on February 1! You don’t want to miss this webinar so register here!: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7613618124002710787
After the webinar, the project team plans several opportunities for managers to help guide the project's next steps. Initially, webinar participants will provide feedback to the project using a 5-question survey to share current perspectives on Alaska fire management. In the next stage, investigators will host a video teleconference with a panel of interested fire managers to understand possible future management priorities and options, challenges, and capacity and cost implications that are meaningful for the scenarios. They are looking for volunteers, so if you are willing to participate in this 3-4 hour virtual discussion please fill out this poll ASAP: http://doodle.com/poll/74ktffkxqnvnmevc
Ultimately, the research intends to: (1) to evaluate the implications of climate change for fire in Alaska using various climate models/emission scenarios, (2) to evaluate if/how various management options can be employed to meet management objectives, and how they influence future fire regime characteristics, and (3) to evaluate how management options influence fire costs and other resource needs. The project team will present on model outputs and fire management options at AFSC's spring workshop in late March (see below). Visit the AFSC website for more about this project.